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Israel seeks image makeover with photo exhibition

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Apr 5 (UNI) A photo exhibition organised by the Embassy of Israel in India seeks an image makeover for the small country that most people associate with the long standing territorial conflict with Palestine.

Yoed Magen, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel in India, inaugurated the exhibition last evening at the state Museum here.

''There is more to Israel than just being at the receiving end of the terrorism perpetrated by Hamas extremists,'' Mr Magen told UNI.

He maintained photographs showcased the rich heritage of the tiny nation situated in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon.

The exhibition comprises 25 aerial photographs of ancient and archelogical sites in Israel scattered through the length and breadth of the country. The breathtaking images were taken by Israeli fighter pilots.

''Israel has the highest number of ancient sites per sq km than any other nation in the world,'' he said.

The exhibition, that has been to several Indian cities since last year, will continue its journey till it broadly covers all the regions.

Asked if the event was also aimed to boost tourism, the Israeli diplomat said it can certainly be a spin-off in the process.

''We do want the Indian people to appreciate what Israel has to offer in terms of archeology and richness of the past and explore the country,'' he added.

Drawing parallels with India, Mr Magen said both the countries were victims of terrorism and a joint battle against the menace can prove mutually beneficial.

He emphasised forging better trade relations between India and Israel to take the cooperation to higher levels.

''India is the biggest export destination for Israel in Asia. We are in the process of organising events to foster better trade relations with this friendly country,'' Mr Magen said.

Meanwhile, an Israeli film festival in India is on the anvil soon, he said. ''There will be a lot of cultural exchange programmes in the days to come,'' he added.


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